Tip Tuesday: Fashion Police – Appropriate Job Interview Pants

In our second episode of Fashion Police, there are two types of pants that are appropriate for ladies to wear to job interviews. Yes, that’s right, only two kinds. You want to be conservative.

 

Tip Tuesday: 5 Ways to Think Outside the Box

You often hear the saying “think outside the box”. This can apply to you when something isn’t going the way you want it to or you just want to experience something different in your life. But how to you actually ‘think outside the box’?

First off, you need to understand that thinking outside the box requires you to take risks and approach problems with new and innovative ideas. Here are five ways to do something else rather than what everyone else is doing.

1. Talk to people outside of your industry:
Chat with people who completely have nothing to do with the industry or line of work you are in/want to get in to. For example, if you’re an engineer, talk to someone in the music business. Those people might not be able to help you directly with engineering, but they also go through struggles and find ways to overcome it. Don’t trap yourself in the engineering bubble. New ideas from new people can set that light bulb off in your head.

2. Copy successful people:
Copying people you look up to or have been down the same career path that you desire can really help you think outside the box. Learn about how people in the past have dealt with struggles and found ways to overcome it. Motivational books can also help. The best things about these books are that you get to read about the people who did things differently and how they were able to achieve success in their careers by not doing the same thing as everyone else.

3. Take a class:
Who cares if you’ve already graduated? You can always sign up for part-time classes or take one full-time class and work on the side. Classes will help you learn something different and push new ideas into your brain. Plus, you also get to meet new people who can help you with your career or future goals!

4. Do some yoga:
Mind, body and soul. Without sounding all philosophical, you need to sometimes get in touch with your inner self, forget all the other things around you, and focus. Focus on a fresh new start.

5. Never say never:
Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean YOU can’t be the first to do it. It also doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong way to do it. The whole point of thinking outside the box is to outsmart everyone and come up with something new and creative!

 

Tip Tuesday: Wearing Skirts to Job Interviews

Ladies, if you’re going to wear a skirt to a job interview, make sure that it is conservative and not tight-fitted. The most important rule of thumb when choosing to wear a skirt is that it should be knee-length or longer. If possible, pair it with black tights. In terms of color, black is always the way to go but any neutral color will do.

Remember that you are trying to make a good first impression to your employer, not your friends at a party.

 

5 Ways to Impress Recruiters

Just a heads up, if you think you only need to impress the hiring manager to get a job, think again. It’s very important to also make a good impression with the recruiter who is calling you back to potentially schedule you in for an interview. However, candidates sometimes overlook the importance of this and as a result, lose a great opportunity.

Think of it like a football game. In order to get to the quarterback (hiring manager), you have to past the defensive linemen (recruiters) first. If you can’t get past the defense, you can’t get to the quarterback and end up giving the other team an opportunity to make a touchdown. In other words, you risk someone else getting the job over you.

Here are five things to do/say to convince the hiring manager that you’re deserving of a job.

1) Update your resume:
Right here at The Job Window, we’ve had a number of occasions where the recruiter is going over the resume with a candidate over the phone and that’s when the candidate realizes their resume is out of date. For example, the word “present” is written beside a job the candidate no longer has. At that point, a million things go through the recruiter’s mind: “Is this candidate blindly sending out resumes to every job post they see?” “They don’t pay attention to detail,” or worse “They don’t care”. These are all impressions that can hurt you as a job seeker. Again, first impressions are key and not updating your resume makes a bad first impression.

2) Be conversational:
In other words, don’t give one-worded answers – it shows disinterest in the job. Even if you’re not a very conversational person, pretend you are and be interpersonal. Speak to the recruiter as if they’re you’re friend. Try to elaborate on your answers as much as possible and make them like you. Without knowing it, you may be developing a personal, but professional relationship with them – which will work to your advantage.

3) Make it seem like you really want the job:
Recruiters hate it when they call a candidate and ask, “Hi, is this a good time to talk?” and the candidate says, “No, can you call me back later?” with no explanation. Right off the bat, the recruiter will perceive the person as rude and disinterested. If you really want the job, you should make an effort to call the recruiter back. They’re not going to chase after you when they’ve got hundreds of other candidates who’d gladly take your place.

Instead, say: “I’m driving right now, can I please call you back when I pull over?” Recruiters understand that they might be catching you at a bad time. So if you tell them that you’ll call them back, they’ll appreciate it.

4) Speak to recruiters in a quiet area:
Do you ever find it annoying when you can’t hear someone on the other line? Or when you’re trying to speak to them and they’re distracted by something? Well, recruiters feel the same way. Just like in the previous situation, explain to them that you will call them back once you find a quieter place. That way, you can express your interest and reiterate your skills clearly, on the way to the recruiter scheduling you in for an interview.

5) Be prepared for the call:
After applying for a position, give everyone in your household a heads up that you may be expecting a call from an employer. Recruiters find it unprofessional when you or someone else answers the phone in a improper manner such as “yo, sup” or “hello” in an annoyed tone of voice. It’s all about first impressions, so perk up and expect every call to be the employer or recruiter.

Final tips:

  • Be polite
  • Sound enthusiastic and interpersonal
  • Keep your resume updated and honest

Remember, first impressions are everything. And just because the recruiter doesn’t have the power to hire you, they still have the ability to give the hiring manager that first impression about you, whether it’s good or bad.

Tip Tuesday: Things People Overlook in Job Interviews


Sometimes when you don’t think it’s a big deal, doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal to the interviewer. Watch this video for some of the common things that people tend to forget to do or not do during a job interview that can save your chances at being hired.